Organic Wire-Wrapped Pendants
Harness unique techniques and an organic aesthetic to achieve projects that look like works of art! Begin class with a lesson on crafting free-form frames using simple cold connections. Gayle will show you how to create frames with integrated bails, and share tips for cutting and shaping your designs. Then, fire up your torch to solder two strong, elegant frames and experiment with texturizing and tempering for eye-catching results. Versatile captures are up next: Find out how to incorporate beads, sea glass and irregularly shaped objects into your projects with ease. And, pick up pro tips for confidently capturing stones and cabochons. Finally, follow along with Gayle to add dynamic loops and coils to your designs for structural support and visual appeal before completing your projects by adding an antique finish and clasps.
Gayle Bird has been a jewelry artist for nearly two decades, and she has been teaching almost as long. She is also the author of "Freeform Wire Art Jewelry: Techniques for Designing with Wire, Beads and Gems." Find out more about Gayle and her work on her website, gaylebird.com.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet your instructor, Gayle Bird, and learn how to create free-form frames using cold connections. See how Gayle forms two unique shapes with integrated bails, and follow along as she shows you how to cut and shape your own fluid designs.
Gayle guides you step by step through soldering two more frames. Get an inside look at how you can use soldering techniques to enhance your wirework, and find out how to texturize and temper your pieces with a hammer.
It's time to capture objects in your frames. Make a beautiful mosaic of beads, and create a secure spot for irregular objects such as sea glass.
Gayle teaches you how to perform trickier captures on stones and cabochons. Find out how to test for fit and make necessary adjustments.
Discover how to add visual appeal and structural support to your designs with wrapping and coiling techniques. You'll love the dynamic style these easy embellishments deliver!
Learn how to add more complex curls and decorations to your pendants. Gayle will also discuss how to apply balance and contrast for stunning end results.
Finally, evaluate and antique your pieces before creating clasps, as Gayle shows you how to finish your free-form wire pendants.